Family Support Worker
Unfortunately the close date for this position has now passed.
£19,621 to £21,519
Contract TimePart time
Period of ContractAll Year Round
Hours per Week22.5
CRB CheckA CRB check is required
Driving LicenceA valid driving licence is required
Family Support Worker
Would you like to be part of our Family Support team at Wren’s Nest Children’s Centre?
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated individual with experience of working with children and families. To work in partnership with families and professionals to deliver a wide range of services which meet the local need of Wren’s Nest.
Due to the high cost of postage, we are only able to contact those applicants that have been short-listed. Thank you in advance for your interest in this post
We welcome anyone wishing to apply to view our children’s centre, the viewing times are:
Thursday 3rd May 2:30pm
Tuesday 8th May 10:30am
Childrens Services (Wren’s Nest Primary and Children’s Centre) based in Family Support Team
Children’s Centre Manager/ Family Support Co-ordinator (Deputy)
Purpose of the Job
Main Purpose of the Job:
1. To support children and families in Wrens Nest Children’s Centre reach area.
2. To contribute to the planning and delivery of Children’s Centre services and relevant performance targets.
3. To work in partnership with families and professionals from a range of statutory, private and voluntary organisations to deliver a range of services for children and families which meet local need and the Children’s Centre development plan.
4. To provide family support and outreach services, in particular prioritising the ‘most excluded’ families.
Responsible for: Students / Volunteers
1. To act as an ambassador for Children’s Centre promoting its ethos and philosophy and strengthening existing links with the community and promoting the services and support available to children and families.
2. To maintain good working relationships with all agencies and individuals involved in the delivery of services and the early identification of need.
3. To establish effective and empowering relationships with parents/carers.
4. To adhere to appropriate confidentiality and information sharing protocols and legislation with regards to sensitive data between families, staff and other relevant agencies.
5. To ensure that Children’s Centre activities are well publicised throughout the area and to act as representative at internal and external meetings/events.
6. To provide information and signpost parents/carers as appropriate.
7. To take part in service evaluation, monitoring and parent consultations.
Support to Families
1. To work in a non-discriminatory, culturally sensitive manner, which encourages all families to access children’s centre services.
2. To identify needs and support excluded families and actively seek to promote the engagement of fathers.
3. To undertake outreach work, with parents in the home and the community, to provide information, guidance and support on a range of parenting support.
4. To provide positive experiences for children which enables them to achieve appropriate development and ensure that the needs of each individual child is catered for.
5. To maintain a caseload and assessment records of each family/child’s progress within their specific care plan and ensure accuracy of recorded information and data.
6. To ensure the Welfare Requirements for EYFS are met when delivering childcare, play or early learning services and accurate records are kept in accordance with Ofsted regulations.
7. To identify resources required for satellite sites and community settings.
8. To carry out planned direct work with children and families in the community and group work at the centre as required.
9. To carry out registration of families to the centre.
10. To support parents/carers access relevant training and employment opportunities.
11. To work to deadlines and within specific timescales for monitoring, recording and other such purposes.
12. To participate fully in any Common Assessment procedures involving children supported by the Children’s Centre.
1. To undertake a review of his/her practice and professional development to ensure that necessary skills, knowledge and understanding are kept updated.
2. To attend appropriate conferences/seminars/training events with regard to current issues within the children’s services agenda.
3. To contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the Children’s Centre.
4. To contribute to the development and preparation of promotional materials, i.e. leaflets, newsletters and information to families.
5. To cover administration duties as required.
6. To support volunteers and students on placement at the centre.
7. Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, security, lone working, equal opportunities, confidentiality and data protection.
8. All staff in the Children’s Centre will be expected to accept reasonable flexibility in working arrangements and the allocation of duties including normally allocated to posts at a lower responsibility level, in pursuance of meeting the needs of families accessing the Children’s Centre and effective team working.
9. To undertake other duties as agreed with the Family Support Co-ordinator/ Children’s Centre Manager commensurate to the grade and responsibilities of the post.
Special Conditions: Hours and days are set and are unfortunately not negotiable; working hours are 22.5 per week AYR, working days are; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday, with occasional Saturday mornings.
Current Driving Licence and access to a car is also required.
Post qualifying experience of working with children under 5 years of age.
Experience of working with and supporting children and families and working with groups in a community and outreach setting.
Ability to use a range of interventions in working alongside individual families to meet a range of desired outcomes.
Willingness to support parents who may be initially resistant to support.
Working within a multi-professional and multi-disciplinary team.
Keeping contemporaneous records.
Experience of developing a new project and working on own initiative.
QUALIFICATIONS and TRAINING
NVQ level 3 or equivalent in Childcare, Social Care, Health, Education or Community Development.
Basic Child Protection Awareness.
Willingness to undertake further training to provide appropriate support for service development.
Knowledge and understanding of current issues in childcare and parenting.
An understanding of the Childrens Centre aims and objectives.
The ability to relate to people at all levels, particularly children and parents.
Able to meet set performance targets and apply good time management.
Personal qualities and attributes
PERSONAL QUALITIES AND ATTRIBUTES
Motivated, enthusiastic, approachable and committed.
Flexible and supportive.
Understand the need for confidentiality.
Warmth and sensitivity to family members.
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